A Message from our CEOs… Joseph & Lisabeth Marziello
Dear Champions for Change,
2017 has been an exciting year thus far, as we continue to make Bold Changes for communities in need throughout Philadelphia. This May, we held our fifth annual Winemaker’s Private Reserve Dinner and Philly Showcase of Wine & Cheese – our largest event yet, garnering more sponsorships and support than ever before. A huge thank you to the many partners and thousands of attendees who made this event a success!
Over the summer we were pleased to host Summer Camps at 21 sites throughout the city. This represents an important step toward our vision of expanding our crucial youth development programs and services to reach more of Philadelphia’s kids. In July 2017, we opened our first full-service Kids Café at our Wissahickon Club. Over the summer, we fed healthy, home-cooked meals to more than 150 youth on a daily basis.
Even while expanding the reach of our programs and services, we continued to invest in our facilities and resources to make sure all kids have access to a great future. After establishing the new John and Katie Ericksen Family Literacy Center at our Northeast Frankford Club in March 2017, we began renovations to create a Kids Café, STEM Learning Lab and Technology Center at the Club. The improvements are on-track to be completed In October 2017 and will allow us to provide youth at Frankford with hot, home-cooked food daily while engaging them in critical STEM programming.
As we work to complete renovations at our Northeast Frankford Club and begin the construction of the Ralph J. Roberts Club in Germantown, we can already begin to see the impact that improved facilities and programs have on our youth. Since renovations to the Northeast Frankford Club began, youth enrollment at the Club has increased by 50 percent, with the number of teens attending Club programming doubling. This impact is made possible by your generous support and leadership. We cannot thank you enough for continuing to make Bold Changes for Philadelphia’s kids.
In the best interest of the kids,
Joseph and Lisabeth Marziello
Chief Executive Officers